Joyce Banda to clarify PP alliance with DPP over amnesty deal
Former president Joyce Banda who is scheduled to return this Saturday from self-imposed exile will clarify whether her People’s Party (PP) is entering into an alliance with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with speculations that her coming is after she sought immunity from President Peterr Mutharika that she should not be arrested on her return.
DPP already has a working relationship in Parliament with United Democratic Front (UDF) whose president, Atupele Muluzi, was drafted into Mutharika’s Cabinet in 2004.
There has been talk that DPP together with UDF and PP will forge a grand electoral alliance for 2019 elections to lock out southern region from Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
PP, whose two-year stint in government ended following its loss in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, had been divided following the initial meeting between the DPP leadership, including President Mutharika, and PP legislators in November last year.
Banda’s son, Roy Kachale, who is also MP for Zomba Malosa and PP Vice President is reportedly to have pleaded with President Mutharika to give amnesty to the former president from arrest in return for her support and alliance deal.
But PP spokesman Noah Chimpeni has rejected the alliance talk, saying the party could not endorse such a relationship.
“There is nothing like an alliance with the DPP,” said Chimpeni.
He stressed that PP will remain “an independent party.”
According to Chimpeni, PP-DPP alliance talk are “rumors and will remain rumors.”
PP members are waiting for its founder fondly known as JB to clarify the position with the ruling party on her hyped return.
The members expect her to strengthen the party as the country heads to polls next year.
Banda’s spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya, who on Monday announced JB’s decision to return home, said the former president can still run for office in 2019.
Things have been falling apart for the erstwhile ruling party since losing the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections and commentators have said the situation is being aggravated with the absence of the party leader.
Banda established PP after her expulsion from DPP in December 2010 alongside Khumbo Kachali for protesting a succession plan to have Peter Mutharika as Bingu wa Mutharika’s successor. She served as the country’s Vice-President and ascended to the presidency in April 2012 in line with constitutional order after Bingu’s death.
PP was born from a group initially called Friends of Joyce Banda at the time she was systematically detached from the government system.
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This is the more reason why Malawians needs to take charge of their destiny. We can’t have same politicians through the corrupt revolving doors to steal more from the innocent and hardworking Malawians. Malawi politics needs to evolve and transform urgently otherwise the nation will go deep into poverty for another 5 years. Malawi Wake Up! Kunja kuli nkhondo
Anthiwa are one. They can from a family of thugs and thieves and that is the udf. DPp broke away from udf because Bingo thought Bakili amasolola too much. He was involved in the same. Then PP broke away from Dpp. Cash gate was born and is continuing under Pitala. They are all thives. They are all thugs. To hell with the. No wonder Malawi is now Sodom and Gomorrah.
Akuba nokhanokha mupange alliance ndi cholinga choti mupitilize kuba, MCP ikulowadi m’boma , Chakwera ndi Mia akugwedezadi mpaka nkhalamba zayamba kujoinana kuti zipitilize kuba. Zoseketsa,akuti southern block, mukuwona ngati a Malawi aku south sakumva kuwawa ndi mavuto akula mdziko munowa. Mubibidwa chaka chake ndi chino, kuli kugwa ndi campaign nkhalamba ndi cholinga chofuna kudziteteza.
Mbava zokhazoka izi. Akudziwana.
Nawe Chakwerw uzichita manyazi ukuona ngati amabungwe akuku menyera nkhondo kuti uduse moera wagwa nayo MCP yakoyo inamanga ma beshop sitingalole kuzalamula muno ufera kotstsa konko
A Chakwera lero celebrating in LL 24 years in opposition and thinking had kuti 2019 adzalowenso ku opposition? Walira kotooooooo no wonder akuti APM must go kumuopa kumeneko kuti 2019 adzawanyenyanyenya.
This is a fcuk hole country. Who cares whether an alliance will be made or not. They are out there to steal more and more.
It is very difficult to lock out the manganja tribe in the south because they have been used by udf &dipipi without anything to show for them.All posts are just given to Romwes and yaos WHILST forgeting that the manganja are the biggest block in the so called sauthi as BT/TO/MJ/CZ/LOWER SHIRE are their domain.
If these rumours are true, then JB is putting her personal interest ahead of that of the party. Why should PP members be forced into an alliance with DPP just to save one person’s face? Someone said PP is finished, but with this, it is completely finished.